Vic and Flo Saw a Bear (Vic et Flo ont vu un ours) is an upcoming Canadian drama which comes from director Denis Côté, and also – the film which won Alfred Bauer Prize at this year’s Berlinale.
Just in case you’re not so familiar with this project, let me first inform you that an unexpected love story hides behind this pretty weird title. Guess that should be enough for the beginning…
Written and directed by Denis Côté, the movie centers on Victoria and Florence – the title characters, lovers and ex-convicts who isolate themselves in the Quebec countryside after Vic returns from prison.
Or, as director Cote shortly explained: “The movie is about striving and efforts and loving and living…”
Here’s the official synopsis:
“A lonely bus stop, a trumpet-playing scout and a woman who refuses to pay him anything for his off-tune performance. This dryly humorous opening sets the tone for rest of the film which tells the story of Vic, a woman who has just been released from prison and who is on the hunt for some peace and quiet. She moves into a relative’s house in the Canadian forest and receives a visit from her lover, Flo.
The two of them take each day as it comes, exploring the countryside in a golf cart and enjoying the scenery. Life could be so wonderful – if only Vic’s rather unconventional probation officer wouldn’t keep turning up. Vic also finds her girlfriend’s sorties to local bars unsettling. A friendly woman in the neighbourhood, a gardener, soon turns out to be a shadow from the past; signs of impending threat begin to multiply and even the forest seems to have treacherous traps in store.”
The movie stars Pierrette Robitaille as Victoria, Romane Bohringer as Florence and Marc-André Grondin as Vic’s parole officer Guillaume.